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Definition of The Pickwick Papers from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

The Pickwick Papers

 
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a novel (1837) by Charles Dickens, the full title of which is The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. It was originally written as a series of stories, published each month, about the amusing adventures of the members of the club established by Samuel Pickwick. Pickwick is a kind, friendly, fat man who often gets into difficult situations caused by misunderstandings (= failure to understand things correctly) or by his own good nature.